September takes its name from the Roman word 'septem' meaning 'seven' as it was the seventh month in the Roman calender. The Anglo-Saxons called this month Gerst-monath- barley month or Haefest-monath- Harvest month. It is the month of the Autumn equinox, and this is the time of the traditional Welsh harvest celebration of Mabon.
Traditional days in September.
14th September-Holy rood day. ( a day when children were let off school to gather nuts!)
21st September-Autumn Equinox, Mabon and St Matthews day.
24th September- Harvest Festival.
29th September- Michaelmas ( St. Michael) day.
Folk-sayings about September.
'Fair on September the first,fair for the month.'
'September blows soft ,till the fruits in the loft'.
'He who eats goose on Michaelmas day
shan't money lack or debts pay.'
'If St. Michael brings acorns, Christmas will cover the fields in snow.'
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"The golden-rod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.
The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.
The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook,
From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.